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Conjuring up the same quirky, vintage sophistication of Louis Vuitton’s glamourous traveler inspired fall 2012 collection, this genteel traveler is a perfect combination of old and new. Teaming a charcoal fedora, pleated white ultra feminine blouse, longline crushed velvet skirt under a floor length dark camel vintage coat, whilst a pair of DM derby shoes add a bit of streetwise edge.
Of course, we all know that Louis Vuitton means grandeur. Under Marc Jacob’s helm we’ve seen a huge transformation, breathing new and innovative life into the leather luggage company. Marc Jacob’s has been known for his antics – (notably wearing a knee-length, lace, transparent frock to the NY Met Gala this week), so it was great to visit Les Arts Decoratifs to appreciate the mastermind behind the bravado.
The exhibition was split over two floors, with floor one acknowledging and appreciating the origins of the Louis Vuitton family business before its absorption into LVMH in the late 1980’s. Technique, craft and focus on the best quality materials saw Louis Vuitton enduring as the go-to luggage supplier for the most part of the 20th century.
The second floor, in a paradox to the first is brash, image heavy and unapologetic. Starting with a room serving as a visual mood board of Jacob’s biggest inspirations. From Vivienne Westwood to Mariah Carey and beyond it was easy to stare in awe at the great references to pop culture.
The rest of the exhibit of course concentrates on the clothes, the collaborations, the events and of course, the accessories with a high point being the wall of Louis Vuitton bags. This was a popular hang-out spot for gallery goers, who just longed to touch the bags within the glass box!
For me the most interesting part of the exhibit was actually the curation, with dresses and looks being places intimately and thoughtfully – keeping the viewer removed but allowing a very thorough detail examination.
If there was ever an example of eyewear to get excited about, then these Mango bobby-dazzlers are them. Cute, feisty, chic and filled with attitude, these £17.99 tortoise shell cats eye glasses tap into SS 12’s biggest lady-like trend (Prada, Louis Vuitton) whilst being versatile and cool. Get a closer look here.
After an incredible two weeks of Milan and Paris Menswear shows, we were a wash with menswear themes this season. In particular ‘Contemporary Punk DIY’ is inspired by the Givenchy A/W 2012-13 Paris show that left us in owe of their perfect fusion of Americana and punk aesthetics. Highlights from the show included a bold two tone caramel and black short two piece suit, a oversized silhouette persimmon and black bee stripe sweater and kilt combination and the large punk attitude nose rings.
Givenchy Paris Fashion Week A/W 2012-13
Givenchy Paris Fashion Week A/W 2012-13
It didn’t end with Givenchy, other designers followed suit with subtle DIY safety pins styled in the Louis Vuitton Paris a/w 2012-13 show to the flamboyant Thom Browne who fully referenced punk iconography sending models down the catwalk with Mohawks and utilized outsized shapes with metal studs on cutesy prints.
Louis Vuitton Paris Fashion Week A/W 2012-13
Thom Browne Paris Fashion Week A/W 2012-13
Whilst Christian Lacroix’s collection hit a DIY punk note with his diamond jubilee embellished sweater which was a definite highlight within the collection. Like a magpies nest of royalty memorably this sweater almost echoes the ethos of the 1977 punk heyday during the silver jubilee.
Christian Lacroix Paris Fashion Week A/W 2012-13
At the heart of ‘Contemporary Punk DIY’ is a an ability to be able make a statement with a staple casual garments, whether it be a sweater with statement badges to studding on a scarf or gloves this is a simple trend for replicating or experiment with.